Oral medicine and oral pathology is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, nature and primarily non-surgical management of oral, maxillofacial, and temporomandibular diseases and disorders, including dental management of patients with medical complications. Oral medicine and oral pathology are two applied components of this specialty.

Content

The NDSE in oral medicine and/or oral pathology tests a candidate’s knowledge and clinical competence at the specialty level in Canada. 

Blueprint

The blueprint below indicates the domains and approximate percentage of examination in each domain. Oral medicine and oral pathology candidates are required to demonstrate competency in all the domains.

Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Blueprint - Part 1 Approximate
% examination
Microscopic Evaluation 50
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Blueprint- Part 2 Approximate
% of examination
Basic Medical Sciences 7.5
Orofacial Tissue-Based Disease 7.5
Clinical Judgments-Lesions in Common 17.5
Clinical Judgements-Oral Medicine 17.5
Total 100%

The examination format and blueprint for each applied component of the oral medicine and/or oral pathology specialty are below.

Format

The oral medicine/oral pathology examination will consist of two three-hour parts. Part 1 consists of a practical microscope evaluation that assesses diagnosis of surgical oral pathology tissue sections. Cytology specimens, electron micrographs, immunohistochemical and molecular histology tissue sections may be included.

Part 2 consists of a written examination comprised of short and long answer questions that assess knowledge of basic medical sciences and orofacial tissue-based disease, as well as case-based vignettes that assess clinical judgement in the topics of lesions in common and oral medicine.

Blueprint – Oral Medicine

Oral Medicine Blueprint - Part 1 Approximate %
of examination
Basic Medical Sciences 15
Clinical Judgements-Lesions in Common 35
Oral Medicine Blueprint - Part 2 Approximate %
of questions
Orofacial Tissue-Based Disease 15
Clinical Judgements-Oral Medicine 35
Total 100%

Format - Oral Medicine Only

The oral medicine examination will consist of two three-hour parts. Part 1 consists of short and long answer questions that assess knowledge of basic medical sciences, and case-based clinical vignettes that assess clinical judgment in the topic of lesions in common. Part 2 consists of short and long answer questions that assess knowledge of orofacial tissue-based disease, and case-based clinical vignettes that assess clinical judgement in the topic of oral medicine.

 

Blueprint - Oral Pathology

Oral Pathology Blueprint - Part 1 Approximate %
of examination
Microscopic Evaluations 50
Oral Pathology Blueprint - Part 2 Approximate %
of examination
Basic Medical Sciences 7.5
Orofacial Tissue-Based Disease 7.5
Clinical Judgements-Lesions in Common 35
Total 100%

Format - Oral Pathology Only

The oral pathology examination will consist of two three-hour parts. Part 1 consists of a practical microscope evaluation that assesses diagnosis of surgical oral pathology tissue sections. Cytology specimens, electron micrographs, immunohistochemical and molecular histology tissue sections may be included. Part 2 consists of a written examination comprised of short and long answer questions that assess knowledge of basic medical sciences and orofacial tissue-based disease, as well as case-based vignettes that assess clinical judgement in the topics of lesions in common.